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Uriah and Bathsheba

Date: ca. 1819-1820
Dimensions:
left image (Uriah): 5 7/8 x 4 13/16 in. (15 x 12.2 cm.)
right image (Bathsheba): 6 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (17 x 10.4 cm.)
sheet: 8 x 12 13/16 in. (20.3 x 32.6 cm.)
Medium: pencil on wove paper
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Inscription: Inscribed in lower left in pencil by Varley: Uriah the Husband / of Bathsheba [written lightly then reinforced with pencil] Inscribed in lower left of the right image: Bathsheba [written lightly then reinforced with pencil] Inscribed in lower left in pencil: 7 [sideways] Inscribed below the drawing on the mount: VISIONARY HEADS OF BATHSHEBA AND URIAH, THE HUSBAND OF BATHSHEBA [followed by a quotation from "Gilchrist"]
Object Number: 000.53
Label Text:Like Solomon (adjacent), this is another of Blake's "Visionary Heads." King David, desiring to marry the beautiful Bathsheba, sent her husband Uriah into a battle in which he was killed (see II Samuel 11-12).
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